We saw four of the Big Five
We were lucky enough to experience this thriving eco-system booming with wildlife from the best vantage point possible: right in the middle of it! Took a few fantastic photos, made hundreds of fantastic memories! Hats off to our guide, Mr. Andre, for showing off his magical home and its enchanting creatures to us in the best light, thank you!
Impala, the first – and most abundant – animals we saw. Regardless of how often we saw them could not get over their sublime elegance!
The thrill of spotting one of the Big Five never got old, even after multiple sightings!
In his full glory!
This stately lion was the star of the show on our first safari drive, what a poser!
We got several superb shots of the stunning birds! How graceful does this cormorant look drying its wings! And the cloudless blue sky provides the perfect contrast in the reflection.
Camera poised to photograph these magnificent fishing eagles… Super-guide Andre would give us a heads up of when they were about to fly off and in what direction so we could capture the perfect take off shot!
And here it is! Look at the power in those wings!
I couldn’t contain myself when we spotted a herd of TEN rhino!! And don’t be fooled by the fact that they weigh several thousand lbs, they’re still pretty good at camouflage! Can you spot them?!
Easier to see zoomed in! The other half of the herd was closer to the foot of the mountain.
Nothing wakes you up before sunrise like finding an imposing lioness near camp! That stare makes it pretty clear this is one lady you do not want to cross! Respect.
And the incredible sightings continue even as the sky darkens – a pearl spotted owl happy to perch for a photo against the dusky backdrop!
Pearl spotted owl, close up!
No matter how many books you read, nothing can quite prepare you for the sheer awe-inspiring presence these amazing beasts have!
Up close and personal! In these heart stopping moments you really appreciate their might, and also their intelligence. Seeing the elephants respond to the tone of voice our guide used and watching his interaction with these wild but wise creatures was TOTALLY AWESOME!!! I have definitely been swayed to accept the elephant as the true king of the jungle!
Seeing animals – endangered species at that – walking in the middle of the trail became almost commonplace!! Among the many insights our super guide provided, he showed us how to estimate a young rhino’s age – this one is about 18 months old!
The variety of animals and plants is astonishing! A delightful female monitor lizard, whose tracks we saw not far from where this photo was taken!
And the giraffe makes an appearance! It was like the animals had a script to follow, all keen for their photo op in turn! Not sure who’s checking who out here…
We were reliably informed by Mr. Andre, if you see one giraffe, there will be others close by…
We saw rhino on every drive! A whopping twenty five in total! And they put on a fantastic show each time – even the bird joined in here for a Nat Geo style photo lol
Ooooh is that No.4 of the Big Five that I see?
Indeed it is – meet the Cape Buffalo, grazing away! Pretty impressive boss you’ve got mister!
In case you were starting to get complacent, take a load of that to get the adrenaline going!! The lions are so well blended with the surroundings, they hide in plain sight and you don’t spot them till you’re pretty darn close!! Got jarred from a semi-awake state during our last pre-sunrise drive by this strapping lass!! What a fitting finale to one heck of a show!!